More than 61 lakh abortions registered in 5 years, the government tells Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: India has registered more than 61 lakh abortions in the last five years from 2014-15 to date, according to official data from the states and territories of the Union in the health information and management system.

The Ministry of Health presented the data in the Lok Sabha Friday in written response to a question.

Although government data has not been recorded, they say that up to 50% of total abortions are not safe.

The data becomes important because they reflect women, more particularly maternal health, as well as women's rights and reproductive options.

Elaborating on the measures taken by the government to reduce unsafe abortions outside medical facilities, minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey told Lok Sabha provision of comprehensive abortion care (CAC) services is an important component of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) program under the government.

The National Health Mission (NHM) provides support to the states and territories of the Union for various activities to promote safe abortion. Provision of comprehensive safe abortion services are available at public health facilities throughout the day, where trained medical professionals are published, said the minister.

Comprehensive abortion care (CAC) has been developed and disseminated to the states and territories of the Union, and the certification of private sector facilities and NGOs by committees at the district level to provide quality medical services pregnancy termination (MTP).

Under the Pregnancy Medical Termination Rules and Regulations, 2003, the monthly report of the total number of abortion cases in the prescribed format is mandatory, which is sent from the MTP sites to the district authorities. States and UT send compiled reports on MTP cases to the ministry of health and family welfare quarterly.